What to Watch on Wednesday: Ben Affleck in Triple Frontier, and the return of Empire
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HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: Streaming on Netflix – Starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, and more, from director J.C. Chandor.
Triple Frontier is the kind of rollicking, red-meat military adventure Hollywood hasn’t had a whole lot of interest in since the ‘60s/‘70s heyday of The Wild Geese, Dark of the Sun, and The Professionals — you know, throwback action spectacles set in exotic foreign locales populated by sunburned mercenaries soaked in rum, sweat, testosterone, and moral ambiguity. … Chandor films their mission and its male-bonding lead-up using the Peter Berg playbook — lots of backslapping peppered with military jargon. But Triple Frontier isn’t as cheesy and embarrassingly jingoistic as Berg’s films. It’s more ethically murky, especially when the haul they find at the kingpin’s compound turns out to be much, much bigger than they expected. Greed kicks in and their better judgment goes out the window. To say more about how their plan goes FUBAR — and you know from the get-go that it will — would constitute a spoiler. Suffice it to say that Chandor, writer Mark Boal, and their gruff band of he-men never let things slacken. There may be no honor among thieves, but Triple Frontier certainly makes watching them pretty entertaining. B —Chris Nashawaty
HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: 8 p.m. on ABC
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HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: 8 p.m. on Fox
Control of the Empire is within reach again for the Lyon family, who are working hard to prove Lucious and Becky’s innocence. And a mystery begins to unravel — could this be another clue about who is in the casket?
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